There has been a lot of talk about virtual reality (VR) in education. We’ve been receiving questions on the differences between VRTY and Google. Here’s a table to show you the similarities and differences between these three applications.
|VRTY||Google Tours||Google Expedition
(Mainly to view VR in a classroom setting)
|Aim||Create and experience – VRTY is an Authoring tool, it encourages students/teachers to create and experience their own VR/ Interactive 360.||Create – Google Tours is creating tool, it builds immersive 360°
|Teach and experience – is a teacher-guided tour. Teachers still have to guide the class to look around the 360 image from Google expedition.|
|Upload capabilities||• 360 image
• 360 video
|• 360 image||Create tours from Google Tours|
|Markers Icon (Hotspots)||Upload your own media files:
• Animated GIFs
|Only have 2 default marker icon for information and image.
User does not get to choose the look of the marker icons.
|Marker Content||• Image
• Animated GIFs
• Rich text (allow to change text size, colours, etc.)
|• Image overlays
|Marker Features||• Text-to-speech audio
• Moving markers
• Parent/child markers
• Timeline markers (appear/disappear)
|Media Library||• Share and reuse scenes, marker icons and marker contents.||A template library to begin creating||None|
|Clone project||Clone own project||Copy projects of others into my own||Download chosen project into the app, provided from Google Expeditions app.|
|Analytics||• Overview of project analytics
• Group Analytics
• Single user analytics
• View of project
• Views of each scene
• Number of each marker is triggered in each scene
• Duration and the number of times a pop up is open
• Desktop/ laptop
• Cardboard / Headsets
• Google Cardboard
• Google cardboard
• Daydream viewer
• QR Code
• Embed into website
|• Link||• Teachers and students can view in the same “room” to view the same project at the same time.
• Teachers can also annotate (draw) on the screen while teaching.
|View in 360 and VR||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|VR mode (viewing)||Gaze to trigger marker||Tap on the screen to trigger marker (doesn’t suit a lot of other cardboard goggles)||• Students view the same project at the same time.
• Tap on the screen to trigger marker (doesn’t suit a lot of other cardboard goggles)